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Stopping elderly from wandering and what a Silver Alert is

Posted at 11:20 PM, Mar 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-08 06:20:22-05

People suffering from Alzheimer’s don't stand out in a crowd, about 60 percent of them wander at some point.

Case Naugle is the Executive Director of the Maryland chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

She said the disease has two victims, the person living with it and the caregiver.

"There are so many terrors that go through your mind the sooner that the person is located the better,” said Naugle.  “If they’re not dressed appropriately or in foul weather it can be fatal."

Silver Alerts are put out to find them, they let people know that someone over 60 is missing, but they have to be traveling in a vehicle to send the alert out.

The Alzheimer’s Association give out bracelets to ensure wonderer’s make their way home.

"The bracelet can't easily be removed if their wandering out and someone finds them it's a ready form of ID," said Naugle.

100,000 people in Maryland are living with the disease, that means 350,000 caregivers.

There are some things you can do, putting a poster over a door, so they don't recognize it is a way out and hiding items they would need to leave.

"Even hiding shoes or a purse if that's the trigger that they use to put on their arm to go out the door,” Naugle said.

Right now there is a proposed law that would make it so a Silver Alert can be put out for someone if they’re missing even if they’re not in a car.